Software Development for Satellite Thermal Design


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Accurate thermal modeling for each part in the satellite is needed for achieving temperature gradients. The result of such a modeling will be the temperature gradients of each element of the satellite as a function of time. The aim of this paper is to present a new software which has been developed recently by the author at Space Research Laboratory for thermal analyzing of the satellites that is used to characterize the gradients of subsystems temperature as a function of time in space orbit. The software accomplishes accurate analysis of internal and external thermal loads of each part of the satellite and shows temperature gradients of each element. The purpose of designing this software is to create a useful application for thermal analysis of satellites, which is a helpful manner for testing satellite thermal subsystem. The most important usages of this software are designing thermal control subsystem, choosing proper equipment for thermal control subsystem and finding optimal configuration of satellite for having an ideal temperature gradient. The outputs of this software are validated by comparing them to a different thermal analyzing application.



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Dashnor Hoxha




A. Shirazi and M. Mirshams, "Software Development for Satellite Thermal Design", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vol. 390, pp. 703-707, 2013

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August 2013




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